1: The situation

Remy was a French National living in the UK. He had finished his studies and  had just recieved a job offer for a graduate job from a UK employer.

His new employer was uncertain if he would need to undertake any extra procedures before he started work due to the fact Remy was not a British citizen. Remy was not sure himself.

2: How IAS helped

After booking in an advice session at our office in Reading we made it clear to Remy and his employer that, as he was an EEA National, he was eligible for the Free Movement provision in the EEA Regulations 2006 – the law which governs the immigration rights of EEA Nationals living in the UK.

This meant that he would have the right to reside, work and study in the UK without immigration restrictions.

There would be no issues for Remy or his employer once he began working at the company.

We informed Remy that, if his intention was to secure British Citizenship, he must first spend the required time in the UK to secure a Permanent Residency Card. Once this has been secured, he could immediately apply to naturalise as a British Citizen.

To do this, he would have to be exercising his ‘Treaty Rights’ – these are rights that cover his time spent in the UK if he were to later seek Permanent Residency. These rights could be demonstrated by proving that he had bee either in work, studying, relying on savings or effectively looking for work while in the UK.

3: The outcome

Remy began working without issue, and he now knew how he should move forward if he wanted to secure British Citizenship.

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